Book Review|The Porcupine of Truth

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. Now you can hopefully relax! Today I am going to be doing a book review. As you can tell by the title, I am going to be reviewing The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg. This is the second book by the author. You can find the first book’s review here. Without further ado, here we go!


Title: The Porcupine of Truth

Author: Bill Konigsberg

# of pages: 336
Genre: LGBTQ, Adventure
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 stars
Amazon Rating: 4.7/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.”


Critic Reviews (Credit Given):

* “A friendship between a straight boy and a lesbian is relatively rare in YA fiction and is, accordingly, exceedingly welcome. And that’s the truth.” — Booklist, starred review


* “Konigsberg weaves together a masterful tale of uncovering the past, finding wisdom, and accepting others as well as oneself.” — School Library Journal, starred review


“Bill Konigsberg’s The Porcupine of Truth is at once heartwarming and heartbreaking, a funny and thought-provoking road trip with remarkable friends Carson and Aisha, who share tough lessons about mending fractures, forging bonds, and discovering grace. Undeniably human and unforgettably wise, this book is a gift for us all.” — Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle and Winger


My Thoughts:

This was an amazing book! It’s the first time I’ve seen a straight boy and a lesbian be friends anywhere. This book is about Carson finding out about his grandpa’s past. At the beginning of the story, Carson meets Aisha. He falls in love with her at first but then learns that she’s a lesbian. Carson and Aisha become extremely close. His dad is an extreme alcoholic who is dying. Carson decides that he needs to find his grandfather and reunite him with his dad before he dies. Aisha and Carson travel across the country to find his grandfather following clues from people they don’t even know. To find out if they find his grandfather and more, read the book 🙂 I rated this 4.5/5 stars because there is some breaking and entering. I don’t think it was the best choice that could’ve been made. I hope more authors can put  diverse friendships like this in YA.


That’s a wrap! This is a great book. I definitely recommend it. Do you want to read this book after this review? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

Book Review: Bloomability by Sharon Cheech

Hey everyone! It’s time for another Book Review! This is a Young Teen book. This one is for Grades 3-7 or ages 7-13. I am over 13 though so the age ranges don’t really matter. Let’s jump right in 😀

Name: Bloomability

Author: Sharon Chreech

# of pages: 273

My Rating: 5.5/5 stars

Goodreads Rating: 4.1/5 stars

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5 stars

Amazon Summary:

Kidnapped!

The kidnappers are actually her Aunt Sandy and Uncle Max, but that doesn’t matter to Domenica Santolina Doone, better known as Dinnie. She feels as if she’s being taken out of the country against her will. Certainly no one asked her opinion. Dinnie is used to change-with her family constantly moving from state to state while her father searches for one new “opportunity” after another. But when her aunt and uncle whisk her away to an international school in Lugano, Switzerland, Dinnie feels that this might be one “opportunity”that isn’t right for her.

Suddenly Dinnie’s surrounded by kids from many different cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. Home, and her first life, seem so far away. Can she adapt to a new country, a new home, and new friends? Or will it just be easier to close herself off-just survive-and never realize all the “bloomabilities” that are possible?

My Thoughts:

This is such an amazing book! Once again, Sharon Chreech has wowed me again. Her characters like Dinny and Aunt Sandy are so lovable and seemingly real! I recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, friendship, family. I really fell in love with Dinny and how much she cared for her friends.


That’s a wrap!

Stay tuned for more book reviews and Thanks for reading 🙂

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀